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Valentine's Day in Riyadh

Alex lives in Riyadh. A few days ago he ordered Valentine's Day roses for his girlfriend. When he picked them up from the florist today, they'd been wrapped in wrinkled old paper from the local IKEA outlet. Because the mutawwa, or religious police, were out in force today looking for violators of the ban on Valentine's Day, Alex took the added precaution of putting his jacket over the floral display while he walked to his girlfriend's office. As Alex observed, this is one of the things that "makes living in Saudi fun." There were no mishaps, and the roses were delivered. In the elevator afterwards, Alex could rest easy because it was "Mission Accomplished, 100 percent."